Monday 18th August commenced the start of Book Week. This year’s theme is Connect to Reading. It is all about enjoying the experience of exploring stories and travelling to other worlds. Most people associate reading with bedtime and wearing pyjamas. Therefore students came to school in their favourite pyjamas and onesies. 3/4D shared their favourite books with the students in Prep H. Check out the video below to see how we connected to reading.

During Book Week we read all the short listed books in the picture book category. Rules of Summer was awarded the prize of Picture Book of the Year.

Students worked in small groups to create a book trailer promoting each book. Look at all the fantastic book trailers below.

The Treasure Box Written by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

The Windy Farm Written by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith

Parachute written by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

Silver Buttons Written by Bob Graham

Rules of Summer Written by Shaun Tan

King Pig Written by Nick Bland

Granny Grommet and Me Written by Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair

What was your favourite book from this years Book Week? Why was it your favourite book?
How do you like to Connect with Reading? What types of books do you enjoy reading?
What was your favourite book trailer? Why?

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Our Term 2 and 3 Inquiry unit was called ‘Synchronise My System!’ All the students in Year 3/4D choose a system to research. We wrote an explanation about how our system works and created a model.

On Thursday 14th we had our Middle School Learning Expo. We excitedly shared our knowledge about our system with parents, teachers and students. Below are photos from our Learning Expo:

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What system did you research? What did you find out about your chosen system?
What was the best part of our Learning Expo? Why?

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A Night With the Star!

On Friday the 1st of August the students of Holy Family put on one of the most incredible performances of the year. The adaptation of Peter Pan by the Junior grades and Mary Poppins by the Middle and Senior grades had critics calling it the stage show of a generation. As 2/3/4 students we were entrusted with some very important and significant roles in Mary Poppins. We had waiters, jockeys, hunters, chimney sweeps, a fox and Jane and Michael Banks amongst our very talented year level. We practiced really hard for months, and made sure we knew all our lines, dance moves, when to come on the stage and where to stand.
We arrived early dressed in our wonderful costumes, and had make up applied, even the boys! It was great, we felt like real stars. We waited backstage while the Junior School warmed and dazzled the audience. When we finally got our chance to perform, we walked onto the stage, found our spots and were greeted with a blinding light, rousing applause and smiles and hand waving from our families and friends. It all happened so quickly, and seemed to be over even quicker.
The entire school took the stage for the finale, we waved kites in the air and sang extra loud. Everyone seemed really happy and buzzing with excitement. I think we put on an amazing show. What do you think? What was your favourite part of the night? What was your favourite song from Mary Poppins?

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On the 21st and 22nd June our Year 4 students received the Eucharist for the first time.
May the happiness of this celebration continue on each day as you live your life in Christ.

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In Inquiry Year 3/4D and 3/4A have been learning about the Human Body. We investigated the Digestive System. We worked in small groups and created our own life size models of the Digestive System.

First we traced around one of the students in our groups. We brainstormed what materials we would use to represent each organ involved in the Digestive System. Some of the materials we used were sponges, straws, balloons, tissue paper, string, stockings, crepe paper, cardboard tubes, streamers, newspaper and even a whoopee cushion.

It took about 6 lessons to create our life-size models. Once we finished creating our models we had to label all the parts and write a description of what they do.

What did you think of our models? Did they look like the Digestive System?
What facts do you know about the digestive system?

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On Wednesday 11th June people from the Hawthorn Football club came to teach the year 3 students about healthy eating. We learnt that to be a Hawks player you need to eat healthy food and drinks. During the week we had to record any exercise we did, what we ate, how many glasses of water we drank and how many hours of sleep we had.

On Wednesday 18th June Angus Litherland showed us how to kick the football and do a handball. First we had to warm up to make sure we didn’t get injured when we were playing footy. We played lots of games that required us to use teamwork. We enjoyed playing footy with Angus.

Check out photos from the Hawks in Schools program below:

What was your favourite part of the Hawks in Schools Program?
What football team do you barrack for? Who is your favourite footy player?

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On the 19th and 20th of May the Middle School had Monash Science Centre come out to lead us through an incursion about the Digestive System.

We learnt how long it takes for a child, a male adult and a female adult to fully digest their food. It takes 6 to 8 hours for food to pass through stomach and small intestine. Average of 40 hours just to pass through large intestine alone. Variations between men(33hrs), women (47hrs) and children (33hrs) exist. Anywhere between 24 and 48 hours is normal.

We did an oesophagus race where you squeeze a ping-pong ball through a stocking. This process is called peristalsis.

We made a mixture then put it into a plastic zip-lock bag. Then we added more ingredients (enzymes). We had to break the food up into small pieces just like the stomach does. Did you know it takes 4 hours for the stomach to break up and digest your food.

After that the Mei, the lady from Monash Science Centre, shaped the mixture and made it look like poop. We enjoyed all of it and had a lot of fun. Click on the link below to see photos from our incursion (sorry it takes a while to open):

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What did you learn about the digestive system?
What was your favourite part of our digestive system incursion?

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Today is National Simultaneous Storytime. It is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 14th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children’s book. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year the book chosen is ‘Too Many Elephants in This House’ written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner. In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom! The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem…

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Many people came to school dressed up as characters from the book, either as an elephant or Eric. We had lots of fun bringing in our toy elephants from home. Check out the photo below showing there are Too Many Elephants in 3/4D!

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What would you do if you had too many elephants in your house?
What might you build or make for them to live in?
What was your favourite part of National Simultaneous Storytime?

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This term for Inquiry we are looking at different systems. We are investigating how does change happen in a system. At the moment we are studying the human body system. On Monday 5th May Year 3/4D went on an excursion to the Melbourne Museum. The Museum is a fascinating place to visit. Click on the Smilebox presentation below to check out all the interesting things we saw:

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Year 3/4D now it is time to reflect on our excursion to the Museum.

Complete a 3-2-1 strategy on your trip to the Melbourne Museum.
Write down your thinking in full sentences.
3- things you discovered
2- interesting things
1 – Question or wondering you have

What was your favourite part of the excursion?

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